Dental implants are screws that anchor fabricated teeth to the jawbone. The anchor is made of titanium, which is similar to the material used to repair fractured bones.
“With a dental implant, the bone actually fuses to the titanium. The implant is most like a natural tooth in that it emerges from the gum and chews like a natural tooth,” said Lawrence Levin, DMD, MD, interim chair of the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Dental implants provide a variety of additional benefits to patients, including:
- Secure foundation
- Improved biting pressure
- Restored chewing ability
- Prevention of teeth shifting into areas where teeth are missing
- Improved speech
- Preservation of healthy teeth—no drilling required on surrounding teeth
- Provide an option for patients with problematic jaw or teeth structure
*A facility of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania